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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week we hear from Declan Jordan, Lecturer in UCC's School of Economics and co-curator of our current exhibition Everything Must Go: Art and the Market


Declan Jordan: 5 February 2016

What are you reading?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It is a fantastic book and a complete revelation to me because it is a book I picked up without knowing anything about it.

Favourite museum?
Apart from the Glucksman of course? I lived for years in Dublin and the National Gallery holds a special place as an oasis in the middle of city bustle. I visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York in my late teens and the sense of wonder walking around still stays with me.

Best performance?
It’s impossible to compare performances across different endeavours and eras, so I’ll cop out a little by picking a few. These may not be best performances but ones that touched me and stuck with me as showing someone at the height of his or her powers. In theatre I was so lucky to see Donal McCann in the Steward of Christendom in the Gate Theatre in the mid-1990s. In film I’d choose Heath Ledger’s incredible performance in Brokeback Mountain. In music, Leonard Cohen in Kilmainham in 2014 was almost a spiritual experience. In sport it has to be Roy Keane in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus or any performance by Katie Taylor.

What is your most treasured possession?
After reviewing his last book for the LSE Review of Books Blog I received a very nice email from Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate in Economics, thanking me for my thoughtful review. That was (and is) a bit special to me.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
I am inspired by artists more than works of art I think. They are inspiring in their dedication, drive, and enthusiasm to create something out of their own imaginations and to see the world as it might or should be rather than as it is.

A lightbulb moment?
I learned recently that when I took my work email account off my phone that I didn’t miss out on anything and the world didn’t end.

Guilty pleasure?
Television is my drug of choice, and I am not always as discerning as I should be, to which the hours spent watching Revenge will testify.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Drawing and colouring with my two children. And in the realm of fantasy, celebrating Limerick FC’s first League of Ireland title since 1980.

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here